Match Report - Curzon Ashton

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Curzon Ashton: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Curzon Ashton: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Curzon Ashton

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 1st February 2020   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Curzon Ashton

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Cameron Mason

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Andrew Halls

  Off 71

3

 Matt Taylor

 

3

 Joshua Askew

 

4

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)   

 

 4

 Robert Evans (Capt.)

 

5

 Michael McGrath

 

 5

 Daniel Shaw

 

6

 Brett Solkhon

 

 6

 Mohamod Ali

 

7

 Daniel Nti

 

 7

 James Baillie

 Off 60

8

 Tre Mitford

 Off 62

 8

 Michael Calveley

 

9

 Connor Kennedy

 

 9

 Issac Sinclair

 On 58

10

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 58

10

 Conor Dimaio

 

11

 Michael Richens

 Off 76

11

 George Broadbent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Aaron O’Connor

 On 84

12

 Owen Watkinson

 On 58

13

 Jack Bennett

 

14

 Jamal Crawford            

 

14

 Alistair Smith

 On 58

15

 Oliver Thornley

 On 60

15

 Ben Milnes

 On 76

16

 Nicholas Wroe

 On 71

16

 Jason Law

 On 84

17

 Luke Merrill

 

 

Referee: Dale Baines   Assistants: Richard Watson and Dan Pattison

Michael McGrath was restored to the starting line up in a trio of central defenders. Michael Richens also started together with Connor Kennedy returning after suspension with Jason Law and Ben Milnes reverting to the bench to accommodate them. Tre Mitford was favoured in the striking role in a straight swap with Aaron O'Connor. Jay Williams had been recalled by Northampton Town and Joel Carta had departing on loan to Grantham. Another loanee from Mansfield Town had joined the club with midfielder Alistair Smith taking a place on the bench.

Curzon in an all grey strip kicked off attacking the Tin Hat and were straight onto the attack with a throw in deep in Kettering's half the ball was worked across the face of the penalty area to Baillie who had a shot from a long way out which had White diving to cover it as it went narrowly wide. Kettering responded by moving the ball up the other end where a long throw from Kennedy gave the Curzon defence an early test. They defended well and broke quickly forward. McGrath was the covering player but as the attacker skipped past him looking to exploit the acres of space in front of him Michael took one for the team and cynically brought him down. The referee didn’t hesitate in flourishing an early yellow card, after only six minutes, which was for the “professional” nature of the foul rather than any malice or spite in the challenge. The free kick was lifted into the box but was missed by everyone but Solkhon was on hand at the back of the box to head the ball safely behind for Curzon’s first corner which came to nothing.

Five minutes later and another Kennedy long throw in was cleared by Curzon but in doing so a foul was committed giving Kettering a free kick on the TV gantry side some 25 yards out. Taylor had a shy at goal but his curling effort passed narrowly over the bar. Just on the quarter hour mark Kettering won their first corner before the kick could be taken Ali and Mitford had a pushing match in the goal mouth which ended with the Curzon defender on the floor in the back off the goal. Tre giving him full notice that he was not going to be bullied by the older man. The referee had a word with them both but as soon as they resumed their positions more pushing ensued but the corner was taken and headed wide by a Kettering player. Mitford was involved again after eighteen minutes when he received the ball in the middle of the park after a clearance form Kettering’s defence. Tre held the ball up well before threading it through for Nti to run onto but Dan only managed to put his shot into the side netting. The wind and the playing surface were dragging the standard of play down to a low level with neither side taking control of the game. Curzon appeared to be concentrating on not conceding and Kettering were showing little creativity coming forward.

Curzon had an unproductive corner on the half hour followed by another some eight minutes later which came closer to breaking the stalemate. The ball fell to Dimaio who turned his marker inside the box but his shot was blocked by another defender. The rebound went to Broadbent who put his attempt off target.

As the game entered the final five minutes of the half Kettering pressed down Curzon’s left. The final ball aimed towards the far post was headed wide by Mitford however the linesman had raised his flag for offside anyway. A minute later there was a chance for the visitors. Dimaio played a clever ball through for Calverly to run onto giving him a 1 on 1 against White. Paul made himself big and thwarted the opportunity at the expense of a corner. This was delivered from the stand side towards the far post where following a flurry of activity was collected by White on the floor next to Ali who was rolling around on the floor holding his face insinuating that he’d been struck in the face. The referee had words and awarded a free kick to Kettering.

 Half Time: Kettering Town  0  Curzon Ashton 0

Michael Richens made an immediate impression on the second half as Kettering restarted the game by being booked in the first minute. Two minutes later Curzon were awarded another free kick this time about 25 yards out but the shot at goal went high over the bar. After fifty-one minutes Kettering had a corner which was delivered well into the box which everyone missed allowing the ball to land on the floor but no Kettering boot was close to finish it off and it was hacked clear by the defence.

Eleven minutes into the second half Stohrer on one of his surging runs played the ball forward to Mitford who had only the keeper to beat but Mason made a good save to prevent Tre from increasing his leading goalscorer tally. Shortly after both teams made their first substitutions. Watkinson replaced Sinclair up front for Curzon and Alistair Smith made his debut by replacing Lindon Meikle. With very little happening with to creating goal scoring opportunities Kettering made their second change shortly after the hour mark with O'Connor replacing Mitford.

With just over twenty minutes to go Kettering nearly took the lead with a slice of good fortune. The ball fell to Richens some twenty yards out and Michael fired the ball low into the crowded penalty area. It took a huge deflection off a defender’s heel and diverted towards the opposite corner. Mason scrambled across his goal colliding with the post as the ball struck the outside of the post for and goal kick to the consternation of the Kettering players and fans.

Curzon broke downfield through the impressive Dimaio who shrugged off a challenge from Richens,  who being on a yellow had to tread carefully, ran past Smith and then pausing to allow his team mates to arrive to support turned Richens inside out on the edge of the box to let in Askew with a golden opportunity some eight yards out to slip the ball past White. Paul was equal to it though and kept the ball out however it fell to Watkinson who was following up and White pulled off another point blank save before diving on the ball at Watkinson's feet to snuff out the attack.

The next chance fell to Kettering two minutes later. A long throw in by Kennedy was punched clear by Mason but the ball after a bit of pinball was recycled back to Connor who delivered a deep cross to the back post where Graham headed it goalwards only to see Ali head it off the line. With just over fifteen minutes left Kettering had a corner on the stand side and it was delivered deep to the far post by Taylor where Graham headed it down into the middle of the goal but straight to a Curzon boot who hoofed it clear. This was the final goal scoring chance for the hosts. Curzon managed to get two corners in the final ten minutes but both sides were wary of being too adventurous and jeopardising one point lost in the pursuit of a possible three.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 0  Curzon Ashton 0

 

Not a game for the purists with the pitch and the wind being the only winners as they contrived to ensure that the game would be a dull affair. Apart from loanee Dimaio Curzon showed little enterprise and Kettering descended to their level. At the final whistle a 0-0 draw was the right result with both keepers wining a point for their respective teams.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Richens, McGrath - fouls

Curzon Ashton yellow cards:  none                 

Attendance: 684

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Paul White – for long periods a spectator but when called upon came up with the goods to keep a clean sheet and Kettering in the game.

Klondike winner – No 6764 - £200 claimed by Ben Wesley.   


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 01st Feb 2020
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
Curzon Ashton

Captain: